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Tracy Barlow was born to Deirdre and Ray Langton. Deirdre wanted
to call her Lynette but Ray insisted on Tracy. Behind her back,
he registered her birth under the name Tracy Lynette Langton.
At first Deirdre was livid but then grew to like it. Deirdre
decided she wanted Tracy christened, but the vicar refused as
neither parent were churchgoers. Eventually she was, with Ken
Barlow, Betty Turpin and Emily Bishop as her godparents. While
away for the weekend in London that June, Ena Sharples was taking
care of the baby after Deirdre put her foot down about Emily
and Ernest doing it, but had a nasty fall, resulting in a hospital
stay. The Bishops took in young Tracy until her parents returned.
After her marriage to Ray broke up in 1978, she moved in with
Emily Bishop. But disaster struck in early 1979 when, having
left Tracy's pram outside the Rovers while she popped inside
for a minute, a lorry crashed into the pub and it's timber went
everywhere. Deirdre was distraught and shouted herself hoarse
calling Tracy's name as she tried to dig her out. When her doll
was found, Deirdre convinced herself Tracy was dead and walked
out. But Tracy had actually been taken by Sally Norton, who Deirdre
met in the maternity ward, before the lorry hit. Deirdre was
found by the canal and refused to believe Tracy was alive until
she saw her. She told Sally she never wanted to see her again.
Several years later, Tracy was bridesmaid at her mother's wedding
to Ken Barlow. But as she grew up, wanted to know why her name
was Langton and not Barlow. Deirdre asked Ray if Ken could
adopt her but he refused.
A few more years and a new head later, Tracy wanted a puppy.
Ken and Deirdre refused so she ran away. They were relieved when
her step-sister Susan phoned to say she was with her in Newcastle.
Susan brought her back safe and sound and Ray finally gave his
permission for Ken to adopt her, which he did in 1986.
In 1987, Tracy helped her mother when she stood for councilor
against Alf Roberts. But a few months later, became ill and was
off school. Ken was disgusted Deirdre could leave her on her
own and lashed out at her verbally after Tracy was hospitalised
with appendicitis, saying she cared more for her council work
that her own child. Deirdre denied it, but still left Tracy alone
as she recuperated.
Another head in 1988 led to Tracy becoming a typical stroppy
teen as she grew up. She developed a crush on Steve McDonald
and nearly burnt the house down in 1990 when the chip pan caught
fire. She was saved by a passerby, Dave Barton, who broke in
and rescued her. Of course, everything in the kitchen had to
be replaced. She resented her mother for breaking up the family
and began going to amusement arcades instead of school, where
Ken had taken a job to be closer to her.
When Deirdre nursed
Ken, who was on the sofa flat on his back with a slipped disc,
Tracy hoped for a reconciliation. But it was not to be and
her parents divorce came through. When Ken started seeing florist
Maggie Redman, whose son Mark he taught and had saved from
along with Nicky Tilsley, Deirdre told Tracy Mark was Mike's
son. Tracy then told Ken but he continued seeing Maggie. In
the New Year, Tracy told Mark the truth and, in anger, Maggie
Tracy about her mother's affair with Mike. She confronted Deirdre,
calling her a tart resulting in her getting a slap and running
up the stairs saying she hated her. She began to drink and
threw herself at Doug Murray, Deirdre's current boyfriend.
fell the same way but was happy to use her. He asked her
to bank a cheque for £2,000 but Tracy wasn't keen on handing
over and got him to take her out. Deirdre ended the affair
when she found out he made her break the law and insisted Tracy
him the money back in full. Tracy left school with 4 GCSE's
and fell for Craig Lee, a delivery boy 5 years her senior,
met while working at Maggie;s florists and moved into his
shocking her parents. Deirdre invited them to live with her
but soon got fed up with fetching and carrying she ordered
Tracy was totally against her mother's relationship with
21-year-old Moroccan Samir Rachid in 1994 when she visited.
And was not best
pleased when her father told her about Denise's pregnancy. She
said he would be a rotten father to the child just as he had
been with her. Deirdre pleaded with her to attend her wedding
to Samir, which she did before disappearing again. However,
after taking an Ecstasy tablet at a rave, she ended up in a coma
Intensive care with extensive kidney damage. She needed a transplant
or spend the rest of her life on dialysis. Tracy preferred
the transplant option but only Samir proved to be a match. He
to donate one of his to please Deirdre and that changed Tracy's
opinion of him slightly. But the day of the operation, Samir
was attacked by the canal as he made his way to the hospital
but Deirdre allowed the transplant to go ahead before his life
support machine was switched off. Tracy was stunned to hear
what happened when she came round. Deirdre blamed her, refusing
see her. When she was better, Tracy left for pastures new.
Deirdre eventually forgave Tracy and was delighted when she
arrived with Robert Preston in tow in 1996, announcing they were
getting married. Ken and Deirdre worked together the day of the
wedding to find Robert, who had been locked in a container at
the docks the night before. The bride, never one for convention,
wore Doc Marten boots and a dress she bought at a charity shop.
The family had to go along with it since it was her big day.
She and Robert then returned to London.
In 1999 she turned up unannounced saying she had left Robert.
Ken and Deirdre did everything they could to reunite the pair,
which they managed to do and they went back to London again.
Christmas Day 2002 and Tracy returned suddenly from London sporting
yet another head complete with inane grin and personality transplant.
She announced to the family she had left Robert for good as he'd
had an affair and didn't want to see him again. Peter's girlfriend
Shelley Unwin was persuaded to take Tracy on behind the bar but
she drank her wages and was abusive so was sacked within hours.
She wasted no time belittling Shelley and taking up with Dev
Alahan. She was not amused when it transpired Ken and Deirdre
had invited Robert up and he told them it was, in fact, Tracy
who had the affair with his best friend and he caught them
in bed. But then discovered her mother's brief fling with him
delighted in telling Ken at the hearing for his assualt on
trouble-making schoolboy Aidan Critchley after weeks of threatening
she would. A row broke out at home and she moved in with Dev.
Tracy managed to get a job working for Lucy Richards at her
florists. She enjoyed the deception her brother Peter was carrying
out by seeing Lucy and Shelley. She liked Lucy and hated Shelley,
though Lucy didn't believe the brief history Tracy gave her
of the Barlows. She was bridesmaid at the wedding. She got
at Peter's bookies on the back of this after Lucy found out
Peter hadn't dumped Shelley and sacked her. The romance with
fizzled out and he told her to leave his flat. But before
she did, she cut up all his clothes. Since Karen McDonald had
her husband Steve, Tracy seized the chance and slept with
him and thought they had a future together until he told he he
had found Karen and was going to try and get her back. While
grandmother was away nursing her sister, she turned to wealthy
pensioner Wally Bannister and even slept with him at his
She was shocked to discover he wasn't a rich widower at all
and only worked at the house he claimed was his and had a very
On Shelley's hen night, she was fed up being
ignored by the men in the Weatherfield Arms but managed to
becoming a date-rape drug victim. Surreptitiously, she
pocketed the drug for the 1p bet she made with Shelley's mother
that she would get Roy Cropper into bed to prove all men
At the reception, she slipped the drug into his drink and
persuaded him to have at least one glass of champagne, which
When he became woozy, she took him home in a taxi, undressed
put him to bed. Deirdre and Ken were mortified while Roy
became depressed. Tracy was thrown out again and went to live
Emily next-door and was shocked to learn she was pregnant,
Emily it was Roy's. She took great pleasure in announcing
it to Hayley, while taunting her about how she is a real woman.
She offered to sell the baby to the Croppers but the price
went from \'a35,000, which she used for a holiday, up to
\£25,000 which they were only too willing to pay. Despite not
doctor, she managed to get a scan and asked the nurse not
tell Roy how many weeks gone she was. She persuaded Steve
to hire her as a taxi driver and on Christmas Day confessed
the baby was really his. He wanted nothing to do with it so she
returned home. She was thrilled when Blanche announced she
number 7 for her and the baby. Deirdre was upset and threw
Blanche out, so she moved in with Tracy.
Another year dawned and Tracy still had high hopes of getting
back with Steve. She was angry to begin with when Blanche informed
her that although the house was bought for her, it would stay
in her name and was for her and the baby. Then the following
month during an argument with Steve, went into premature labour.
Steve drove her to the hospital but waited outside. Roy was in
the delivery room with her, much to her annoyance and she gave
birth to a healthy baby girl. Steve popped in when everyone had
gone and try as she might, she couldn't persaude Steve to play
a part in the baby's life. Steve told her to give the baby to
the Croppers, which she did. But that wasn't the end of it.
decided she wanted her baby back and went to Steve and Karen's
remarriage to get her. There she announced in front of everyone
Steve was the father. Roy and Hayley fled with the baby while
Steve, Karen and Tracy had it out in the vestry. Karen was
so angry at the betrayal she hit her shoe against the wall
head. But the plan backfired and Steve and Karen married anyway.
After a battle, Roy and Hayely reluctantly handed the baby
over. Tracy hated the name, but couldn't get the birth
changed from Patience Cropper so did it by Deed Poll to Amy
Karen got her revenge when she burst into the christening,
thinking Steve was there when he had only dropped his mother
off, and punched Tracy to the ground. But despite her earlier
protestations she wanted her baby, it became a hindrance
and she left it with anyone who offered, including Roy and
though still had to pay them back their money. She managed
to persaude Steve to pay for the baby. he agreed to \'a350
on condition she and the baby stayed out of his life. She
agreed but during Karen's breakdown after her mother's death,
telling all to her. Surprisingly, Karen didn't erupt and
said Steve could see his child.
Her on/off relationship with Ciaran
McCarthy was on again when he came into money to open a restaurant.
But she was not happy when Karen announced she and Steve were
planning on having their own baby so used Amy to come between
them. Instead of helping Ciaran at the restaurant, she decided
to dump Amy on the McDonalds then disappeared for a few days
so she couldn't be returned. She also took delight in calling
her Barren Karen while Steve got her pregnant after one try.
Karen decided enough was enough and was glad her plan to get
Tracy to take charge of Amy again worked by threatening they
would sue for custody.
But then, things started going wrong
with Ciaran after she persuaded him to sell the restaurant,
pretending to be Penny King, and pocket £40,000 from
Ciaran's conscience got the better of him and he confessed
all, handing over a cheque for the full amount to Penny. Meanwhile,
Tracy was burning her bridges with her family and told them
in no uncertain terms what she thought of them all before taking
her case and Amy to Street Cars before going on holiday and
returning to Ciaran. When he told her what he had done, she
stormed out, telling him on the street while watched by Tyrone,
Maria and Charlie that she only ever loved his money and without
it he'd always be a loser. Ciaran explained things properly
to Penny while Tracy pleaded innocence to her family and Penny
in the pub, saying it was all his idea and she didn't know
what she had done until it was too late. But Mike Baldwin called
the police and Tracy and Ciaran ended up in the cells overnight.
Back home, she still pretended to be the victim and after Ken
bawled her out, she broke down. Deirdre begged Mike to get
the charges dropped which he did.
Tracy was still determined to get Steve taunted Karen at every
opportunity for her inability to get pregnant, calling her
'Barren Karen', even sarcastically offering to be a surrogate
mother. While Karen was in Dublin visiting Linda Baldwin, Tracy,
Amy, Blanche, Ken, Deirdre, Steve and Liz went to London to
appear on the new quiz show, Top Of The Tree in November, which
Blanche had entered them for secretly. As far as Steve was
concerned, he was only driving his mother there and couldn't
believe it when he discovered he was the 'dad' of the family
and refused to appear. So Liz told him it was a pilot and was
unlikely ever to go out so he reluctantly agreed. His discomfort
was clearly visible, especially when Tracy implied to the host
they'd been together since school. Steve was chosen to answer
the gamble question, with the chance of winning a £17,000
people carrier and rang Karen since the question was about
shoes. In the bar afterwards, he made them all swear never
to tell Karen and they could keep the car. They did, even Tracy
who swore on Amy's life. While the others went to bed, Tracy
stayed in the bar with Steve. Later they went up to their rooms
but Steve's keycard wouldn't work so Tracy suggested he phone
reception from hers. He did and she tried to get him to stay.
His silence when she asked if he had the chance, would he,
spoke volumes to her. He rang reception and, despite her kissing
him, he made her promise again never to tell Karen and left.
The following morning she took great pleasure at breakfast
getting him to feed Amy but, despite Liz's interference, refused
point blank to drive the people carrier back to Weatherfield
with Tracy and Amy in it. Once they got back, he made Tracy
promise again never to tell Karen. For once, she kept her word
as it was Blanche that night in the Rovers who let the cat
out of the bag much to Karen's anger and Tracy's delight. A
few weeks later, after copious amounts of calling her rival
'Barren Karen', Tracy was devasted to learn Karen was pregnant.
She broke down in front to Deirdre, who worried this love of
hers for Steve was more an obsession and she thought she loved
him. But she knew despite the pregnancy, she was still getting
to Karen and they fought over the people carrier endlessly.
She was not happy when not only did Ken give the McDonalds
the spare key to it, but agreed to sell it and buy a smaller
car. Tracy and Blanche vetoed that, making Karen seethe. Tragedy
struck at the beginning of Christmas week when Karen lost her
baby and began to lost control. When Tracy tried to be sympathetic,
Karen flipped. Tracy decided to take Amy to visit Peter on
Christmas Eve to escape the bickering at the Barlows. When
she locked the car after forgetting her bag, Karen ran towards
it, got in and drove off unaware Amy was strapped in the back.
Tracy became anxious and she and Steve went to look for Karen.
Karen rang Steve's mobile saying she was at the Red Rec but
when they got there to the strains of Rita singing, Silent
Night, they discovered the car in flames. Steve told Tracy
Amy wasn't in there but Tracy refused to believe him, insisting
Karen had killed her baby and she'd kill her. As Steve phoned
the fire brigade, Tracy slipped off back to the car carring
a large branch and decided to find Karen herself. As she drove
into Coronation Street she spotted her enemy and tried to run
her over by reversing then chasing her to the factory. She
refused to believe Hayley (who she'd locked outside), Karen
or Steve when they said Amy was safe and with Roy and proceeded
to chase Karen onto the roof. It was only Steve's timely intervention
that saved Karen and later Steve told her this was an end to
it and persuaded Tracy not to press charges against Karen since
attempted murder was a far worse crime and to say joyriders
stole the car, which she half-agreed to. However, on hearing
the news Steve had thrown Karen out, she couldn't help but
hide her joy and proceeded to the end of the year and into
the next to pester Steve even though he kept telling her he
wanted nothing to do with her. He became increasingly fed up
she behaved like they were a couple and following him. So he
changed his mind about taking her out. Tracy couldn't help
gloating to her family Steve and her were inevitable but her
illusions were shattered in the restaurant when he made it
clear they could be nothing more than friends for Amy's sake.
However just after Valentine's Day she was delighted to discover
Steve had received divorce papers from Karen.
The begining of March brought a shock for Tracy in the form
of her real father, Ray Langton, when his car nudged Amy's
buggy as he was driving down Victoria Street looking at Charlie's
builder's yard. Like the prima donna she is, she told Steve
take them to the hospital for Amy to be checked over. Ray followed
them to the hospital but Tracy refused to accept Amy was fine
and demanded a second opinion. She and Ray bickered and it
was only when Deirdre, Ken and Blanche arrived did she discover
the truth. She made it perfectly clear she wanted nothing to
do with him, even after he collapsed outside the hospital.
While Deirdre waited, Ken and Tracy went home. None of them
were pleased when they found out Emily was letting him stay
there. But he was determined to make it up with his daughter
no matter how long it took. She made it perfectly clear he
wasn't wanted but eventually relented and agreed to talk with
him. She seemed to mellow a bit towards him, even letting him
hold Amy, until he started to bad-mouth Ken resulting in her
slapping him and storming out of Emily's. Later, Ken informed
her she wasn't Ray's only child at all and that Ray had another,
which is the reason he agreed to let him adopt her. She stormed
round to have it out with her father but was moved to learn
the child had been stillborn and she was still his only child.
During this time, she had taken up with an unemplyed mechanic
called Nathan. Ray made his disapproval well known and they
fell out. But they did make up and, after a dance at Ken and
Deirdre's wedding reception on the 8th April, was devastated
when Blanche discovered him dead in his seat.
Ken and Deirdre go on their honeymoon and shocked when a
do-it-yourself coffin turned up at Emily's. With Steve's help,
she put it
together and he supported her at the funeral. They ended
up in bed, which she took to mean more than he did. So she
back with Nathan to make Steve jealous. When that failed,
she rang Peter in Portsmouth and then announced to Steve she
moving down there. Steve, panicking at the thought of never
seeing his daughter again, suggested they give things a go.
After initial worries over his motives, she agreed and dumped
Nathan. Their first date went badly when she locked herself
in between the front door and flat and her mobile went flat.
After a while, Tracy began to push Steve. His old flame Louise
returned briefly from Ireland which made Tracy jealous to
the point of warning her off. She told everyone Steve had asked
her to move in when it was really her idea. She nagged Blanche
into letting them rent number 7 until her grandmother agreed.
But she was not happy when Blanche announced she was selling
the house to pay for a hip replacemebt operation. Steve suggested
he got his name put on Amy's birth certificate. Tracy agreed,
unaware he was only using her to get proper access to Amy.
She even proposed and Steve said he'd think about it. She
disappointed when he told her he didn't want to yet and it
would take about 18 months so he could sort out his finances.
She understood but was still pushing him into looking at
houses. They went to see Roy about him writing a letter for
give to the solicitor and he refused, mainly due to Tracy's
demanding attitude. Blanche later offered to sell Steve and
Tracy the house for £40,000 and told her to make sure
everything was 50/50. Roy eventually relented about the letter.
Blanche informed Tracy, who had accidentally overheard her
letting Danny know he had a new landlord, Steve wasn't buying
the house. She confronted him and made him promise to always
be honest with her. At the courthouse she twigged he didn't
really want her, only Amy, so left to visit Peter in Portsmouth,
saying he would never see Amy again.
After 2 weeks, she returned on Deirdre's 50th
birthday and wasted no time keeping Amy away from Steve, even
tricking him out of £50 on the understanding he could
see their daughter for 10 minutes when in fact she'd taken
Amy into town. Much to Steve's surprise, she did agree to him
spending a day with her. When he collected her, she suggested
she take Amy to the airport instead of his idea of Chester
Zoo, saying she loves planes. She handed Steve a bag with nappies
and things, with other clothes and even Amy's passport hidden
underneath and waved them off. But inside, she told Blanche
Amy was playing outside and even pretending to talk to her.
Later she deliberately dropped a cup in the yard and starting
calling for Amy, claming she'd been snatched. The police were
called where she told them he was lying when he said he was
Amy's father as Roy was. She was delighted when Steve was arrested
but still refused a DNA test. She was not amused when the magistrate
at the court announced because of her reluctance it proves
he must be the father. After getting home, Steve went to speak
to her, asking they be civil. She started to scream the street
down, saying he threatened to snatch Amy but disappointed to
learn he was only banned from going anywhere near for two weeks.
A couple of days later in the Rovers she fell for his lies,
believing there could still be a chance for them. But when
he told her Karen was better and taunted her, she hit him,
sending him crashing to the floor. He calmly phoned the police
to report being insulted while she screamed the place down
before being arrested and spending the night in the cells.
By the end of August, she had taken up with Nathan again and
prepared herself for the court verdict in September. Much to
her shock, Steve was granted custody while the magistrate gave
her a very accurate character assessment. Though despite it
coming out she drugged Roy and blackmailed him, the police
weren't called. She took up with Nathan again until December
when she then took up with Charlie Stubbs.
Throughout 2006 they had an on/off relationship but things
came to a head in September when she discovered Shelley Unwin
was pregnant with Charlie's child at attacked her. Charlie
talked her round but then she found out he'd been having an
affair with Maria Sutherland and left him. She went back but
only to plan his death. With Claire Peacock being on the dim
side, she befriended her so she would think Charlie was physically
abusing her, right down to locking herself in the bedroom and
burning her arm with an iron, which left an iron-shaped scar
instead of just melted skin. At the beginning of January 2007
Charlie had had enough and ordered her out after she deliberately
made her think she was having an affair when in fact Peter
Barlow had come to visit resulting in Charlie being charged
with assault and up in court. She confessed she was going to
kill him so he thrust a knife in her hand and told her to do
it but she couldn't. He told Steve McDonald on the way to court
he was kicking her out. She wasn't going without a fight. She
dressed up like a tart, did a ridiculous dance before battering
him around the head, getting a knife from the kitchen, cutting
her hand then planting it in his hand. She wasn't amused when
it turned out he was still alive and was delighted when he
finally died. Then she was charged with murder despite claiming
self-defence. After a short stint on remand, she was given
bail. David Platt decided to pretend he'd seen everything which
she believed until he confessed, making demands if she wanted
to stay out of prison. She went along with it but always made
sure nothing happened between them. Bit by bit her mother began
to get suspicious and was shocked when she saw CCTV footage
of them leaving Charlie's old flat, so Tracy lied, saying he
was having nightmares and wetting the bed. Deirdre decided
to see Gail who said he was perfectly fine. All the stress
got to her and she began having panic attacks. Tracy only thought
about herself and her mother testifying on her behalf and the
night before the trial at the end of March admitted to her
mother she planned to kill Charlie all along. And so the court
case began. Most of her witnesses had their evidence ripped
to shreds. She even messed up re-enacting how she was meant
to have grabbed the statue in self defence. Deirdre was having
doubts but eventually went into the witness box. She contradicted
herself and ended up having another panic attack. While she
recovered she told Tracy's solicitor she was guilty. This disgusted
the solicitor who in no uncertain terms told Tracy what she
though of her, having defended genuine battered women. Tracy
didn't care and told her to do her job since she was taking
her money. Over the weekend she told David she was using him
and her mother no matter what the outcome she was finished
there. If she was found not guilty she would take Amy as far
away as she could seeing as she accused her mother of being
So it's good riddance to Tracy Barlow. A once wonderful character
ruined and changed beyond all recognition thanks to Daran Little's
bad casting as well as rewriting history and the grinning,
unconvincing performances of Kate Ford, falsely kept there
when the character should have gone long ago because they burnt